>>>>>> GRILL <<<<<<< NOT SMOKER

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by madd fox, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. madd fox

    madd fox Fire Starter

    I have lined up four 250 gal. propane tanks for my church that I want to make into grills, this is to keep the project easier. My intent is to have no doors but an opening that would be cut at the half way line or maybe just under, on the side of the tank. This opening would extend most of the distance of the side but would be not as high, top to bottom, as most of the door openings that you see on smokers. I would like to have expanded steel grill surfaces that can be slid out, I need help on the design of these, as well as any other suggestions anyone may have. The dealer is taking all valves off and making them safe for us to work on, though safety will still be foremost on my mind.

    I have a mill rite, also a welder by trade, and others experienced in welding. I'm too old to help a whole lot except to have in mind what we want to do. I have welded in a truck factory in the past as well as cutting, but it's been a while. I have never used a plasma cutter but I sure would like to give it a try.

    Four grills you might ask? Well the thing is, the main reason I want to do this is to slow BBQ chicken halves, which will take about 2 hours and I want to get them all done at the same time, I'm figuring about 300 chicken halves, so that will take up some room on the grills. Actually I may only start out with three grills. I'm also thinking we can roast a couple hogs on them, might as well, since we would have the grills, right?

    Any ideas how to add charcoal during roasting, I have thought of a narrow door in the back nearly the length of the grill, maybe 10 inches high,but that adds difficulty to the project.

    Thanks for any help! 
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2011
  2. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    First off welcome to SMF there madd fox. Now you have a good size job in front of you with all them grills. Now if you look into the wiki or build section you might find something that you can work with. Most of the drawings are for smokers but you can make one or the other out of most of them.
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2011
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I'm not a builder, but there are a lot of builders on here and I'm sure one will be along soon to help you . 
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

      Any ideas how to add charcoal during  roasting                                                                                                                                                    

    madd fox, morning.... Here is what I have done.... A roll out fire box that is fire brick lined....  It burns wood splits....  I have tried charcoal and found it does not give enough heat for what I need to do...

    Hope this give you some ideas for your build... Dave









  5. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  6. madd fox

    madd fox Fire Starter

  7. madd fox

    madd fox Fire Starter

    Yeah, I'm trying to put a crew together and I'm hoping for help from a guy that has a front end loader to do the lifting for us. I have a lot of pictures that I down loaded and I'm taking ideas from them even though they are smokers. I may do a smoker at home sometime but I would make it out a 100 gal. propane tank instead of the 250. I'm hoping to make some extra money for the Church with this project. I haven't even talked to our pastor about it face to face but I have sent him some e-mails so he is aware I am up to something......... again!

    Oh, thanks for the welcome!
  8. madd fox

    madd fox Fire Starter

    Thanks loads for the welcome! I have a pretty good idea what is ahead, but if I get the right kind of help, we can do this. Different times I have felt like pulling the plug on the project, right now I'm still moving ahead on it. It would be good for our Parish. I tend to get consumed with an idea until I know it's a bust or I get it done.

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